Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Renting: 6 things I hate about renting!

problems with renting in the uk

I’ve been living in my lovely rented apartment in the centre of the city for over 2 1/2 years now. As much as I love this place we’ve made home, there are a couple of things about renting that really get on my nerves. Here're a few things about renting that really bother me.

Nothing is mine

We purposefully chose a furnished place because we just about had the money for the deposit, let alone a couch and a coffee table. We picked up a couple of things, like lampshades, rugs, artwork, throws etc to put our own stamp on the place but all of the big things, don’t belong to us. And now they’re annoying me. They’re not what I would pick, they’re showing signs of wear and tear that I can’t do anything about, and every cup ring stain and spilled red wine sends me into a panic - because it’s not mine, it’s someone else’s

Decorating is not my decision.

Everything is white walls, beige floors. It's so impersonal. Easy to manage, neutral, and we do have permission to redecorate as long as we put it back to white and beige when we pack up and leave - but that’s just too much hassle for my liking. I’m not saying I want red walls and purple carpets, but a feature wall here, maybe a nice dark wood floor there - it’d be nice for the time being but the cost and time of changing everything only to have to change it back again is not worth it. 

Permission isn’t always granted.

It’s like being back living with your parents, needing to ask permission for everything. If we want to get rid of something, replace something, if we need someone to look at the toilet because it’s making a funny noise - we need permission. We have to go through the agent, who goes through the landlord, who goes back through the agent who lets us know the answer. And it’s not always as quick as reading that sentence. 

The worry.

A scratch here, a nick there, a suspicious looking stain that I can’t quite remember if it was there when we moved in or not. It all makes me worry. It could all make the difference between getting our deposit back or not at all. And that was one blood, sweat and tears deposit that I would quite like back, thank you very much. 


A couple of times a year, I clean like the queen is coming for tea. When the agents come to inspect, it’s scarier than when the parents come round for a brew. We keep the place in exceptional condition if I’m honest, it’s always clean and tidy, Good Housekeeping would be proud (most of the time). But when the agents come to visit, I don’t know, I get so nervous that they will white glove the top of the door frames and fine us for every dust bunny they find. We’ve never failed an inspection yet, but it’s still nerve-wracking. 

It’s all going nowhere.

The age old argument between buying and renting - with renting, your money is generally going nowhere and at the end of the contract, well, physically you have nothing to show for it. No walls, roof, picket fence or garden green. Nada. Nothing. Zip. You pack up, leave the couch that isn’t your behind, and move on to the next place, to another couch that isn’t yours. 

So the above makes me sound like a right negative nelly, but it’s not all doom and gloom, there are some pretty awesome benefits to renting, and I love our little home, but there’s defiantly a few things I wish we could improve on! 

Do you love or loathe renting?

Until next time, 


  1. I agree with you on all these points. "The stain?! Was the stain there? Why didn't I take a picture all of stains when I moved in?!?!" Hubby and I had this conversation once or twice.
    Having your own place has its downsides too. It's not easy to move to another house/city if you have your own house, it might take an year to sell it, who knows.

    1. I agree! there are ups and downs to both renting and buying! I do think if I was to continue to rent I might look at getting an unfurnished place, at least then I could have a couch I liked and might not worry too much about the odd stain!

      Sarah :)

  2. I agree with this! I feel it more now I live alone and want to put up pictures and change things but I can't!

    Corinne x

    1. If you want to put pictures up have a look at command strips! They're brilliant, and they don't leave any holes behind in the walls when it comes to taking the pictures down!

      Sarah :)

  3. I have beige walls too and it's so boring! You know all about my problems with getting stuff fixed but there is also stuff like who cleans the windows? I'm in a first floor flat so I can hardly do it myself but they're getting pretty grim lol. x
    Amy at Amy & More

    1. Don't even get me started on windows! In our first week here we had our windows cleaned and I thought it would be a regular thing but no, nobody has been back since and that was 2.5 years ago!!

      Sarah :)

  4. I completely agree! I’m so done with renting and when I next move, which will be a rented place again sadly, it’ll be unfurnished! I hate not being able to make my flat (a little more) my own.

    One thing I did do before I moved into my current place is take a photo of EVERY scratch, dent, mark, etc. so I can argue it if they try to charge me when I leave. Luckily we have a very nice landlady (no agent) so that’s not an issue but not being allowed to repaint the walls because they paint has basically worn it off is!